This is the second in a series of postings concerning products and services that some people misinterpret as being alternative treatments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

BreatheRight Strips (

This popular snoring aides makes no claim of treating sleep apnea, but our experience is that at times, some people mistake it as being just that. But here are the facts:

  • BreatheRight strips are worn on the nose and help to open nasal passages, not the airway.
  • BreatheRight claims only to reduce snoring, not OSA.
  • The company’s website claims “85% of snorers find relief,” not sleep apnea patients.
  • Most respiratory disturbances that occur during the night are caused by collapses of the airway, not by nasal passages.

This company’s apparent truth in advertising practices are commendable. It is the responsibility of the person buying a product to read its label and be sure they are purchasing something of value to their condition.